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Diplomatic Texts from Acre

 

Acre was also an important locale for administration, particularly after Christians re-took the city from Muslim hands in 1191. After this time, the royal court and the courts of those nobles who supported the royalty, relocated from Jerusalem to Acre, along with several other ecclesiastical groups seeking refuge from territories that remained in Muslim hands. From the end of the twelfth until the end of the thirteenth century, Acre was the political and ecclesiastical center of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Most of the diplomatic texts coming from these courts, and from the Militarly Orders that moved their headquarters there, were written in Latin, but several surviving texts were written in French. Below are the published texts from this area that were originally written in French. The difference in language in these documents was rarely if ever commented upon.

Diplomatic Texts from the Royal and Noble Courts of Acre

Hospitaller Diplomatic Texts - Acre

Templar Diplomatic Texts - Acre

Texts from the Teutonic Knights - Acre


 


Individual Diplomatic Texts

Texts can be found in the following works, with weblinks inserted when possible:

Contents: Bohemond IV, prince of Antioch and Count of Tripoli assigns to the Teutonic Knights by the hand of Master Hermann 100 bezants per year in assistnace and funds, and all of the Acconians agree, signed with his seal.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date: June, 1228
MS: Merseberg, Germany, Deutsches Zentralarchiv, Historische Abteilung II, MS Rep. 94, V.E.bl.
Edition: Strehlke, 53.
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Contents: Bohemond IV, prince of Antiochand Count of Tripoli assigns to Guerin, grand-master of the Hospitallers, and to the Hospitallers, a rent of 873 besants of Antioch, levied on the revenues of Antioch.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:27 October, 1231.
MSS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 5, no. 1.
Edition:Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre  des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. vol. 2, 428.
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Contents: Bohemond IV, prince of Antioch and Count of Tripoli assigns to Guerin, grand-master of the Hospitallers, and to the Hospitallers, a rent of 316 besants of Tripoli, levied on the revenues of Tripoli.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:27 October, 1231.
MSS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 5, no. 3.
Edition:Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre  des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. vol. 2, 428.
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Contents: Bohemond IV, prince of Antioch and Count of Tripoli confimrs gift and sale made to the Hospitallers by Johan Nichefore, of his assets at Cellorie.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:27 October, 1231.
MSS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 5, no. 12.
Edition:Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre  des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1894-1906), vol. 2, 429.
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Contents: Act of Submission of the Barons of the Kingdom of Jerusalem to Frederick II
Place of Origin: Acre
Date: May 7, 1241.
MSS: London: British Museum, Corr, Vesp.F1, f. 114
Edition: Archives de l'Orient Latin, vol. 1 p. 402.
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Contents: Authorization from Henri II of Lusignan to the Hospitallers of Acre to build two new doors.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:July, 1252.
MSS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div.1, vol. 5, no. 33.
Editions:Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre  des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1894-1906), vol. 2, 731.
and Mas Latrie, Louis de., Ed. Histoire de l’Isle de Chypre
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Contents: Guillaume de Chateauneuf, Grand Master of the Hospital, prolongs the agreement made with Jean of Ibelin concerning the defense of Ascalon.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:30 April, 1256
MSS: Malta, Archives of the Order of St. John, div. 1, vol. 16, no. 3.
Edition:Delaville le Roulx, J.Cartulaire Général de l’Ordre  des Hospitaliers de S. Jean de Jérusalem. (Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1894-1906), vol. 2, 814..
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Contents: Thomas Berard, Grand Master of the Templars, grants safe conduct to several named persons going to Tripoli to plead cases before the prince.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:May 31, 1262
MSS: Malta, Archives of Malta, div. 1, vol. 18, no. 1.
Edition: Delaville le Roulx, J. Documents Concernant les Templiers. Paris, 1882, p. 26.
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Contents:Thomas Berard, Grand Master of the Templars, puts forth the conditions of the agreement between the Hospitallers, concerning assets at Cabor, Cayment, la Feve, Damor, resulting from an arbitrary judgement.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date:May 31, 1262
MSS: Malta, Archives of Malta, div. 1, vol. 18, no. 1.
Edition: Delaville le Roulx, J. Documents Concernant les Templiers, number 21.. Paris, 1882, p. 31
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Contents:Bishop Thomas of Bethlehem, apostolic legate and Hartmannus of Hlderungen, Grand Master of the Tuetonic Knights, act as arbiters to put to rest the suit between the Hospitallers and Templars concerning the mills at Doc and Ricordane.
Place of Origin: Acre
Date: December 19, 1262
MS: Merseberg, Germany, Deutsches Zentralarchiv, Historische Abteilung II, MS Rep. 94, V.E.bl.
Edition: Strehlke, Ernestus, ed. Tabulae ordinis Theutonici, Berlin: Weidmanus, 1869, p. 114-115.
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